Streets of New York, one of the oldest family-owned pizza chains in Arizona, commemorates its 40th anniversary with the 40 Days of Streets celebration. It includes prizes and special dining offers through Nov. 12, with a portion of the proceeds from the 40th anniversary special benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona.
The restaurant chain was the brainchild of Bernd Glaeser, a master pastry chef from Dresden, Germany, who immigrated to the United States in 1959 and joined the U.S. Army. He later met and married Lorrie, the current president and owner of Streets of New York. Once arriving in Arizona, Bernd worked to formulate a special recipe for pizza dough, and together they created the business plan and menu that is now Streets of New York.
The first store opened on Oct. 29, 1976, at 32nd Street and Cactus Road. Forty years later and with 26 locations including two in Prescott and two in Las Vegas, Streets of New York has remained a household name in the Valley.
Today, Lorrie Glaeser and her family, including her three children and their spouses, run the restaurant chain.
Streets of New York has long been actively involved in local charities, including Make-A-Wish Arizona. The charity will receive a portion of the sales from the “40th Anniversary Weekend Special” (Friday through Sunday), which is a 16-inch cheese pizza and 24 baked chicken wings for $20, as well as $1 for each person who enters the campaign. The goal is to raise a total of $5,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish.
Guests may sign up for the campaign contest online or in store for a bevy of prizes, including five grand prizes, which will be drawn each week throughout November.